Monday, September 2, 2013

Sewing Mends The Soul

Spending time in my craft room is peaceful and relaxing. I can stay there for hours. I don't even have to be sewing. I love designing, sketching, flipping through magazines and browsing through fabric swatches in search of ideas and color combinations.  It's my stress relief zone.  

Since it was so hot outside last week, I found a few extra hours to sew, and here are the results. This 38” square quilt in cool, fresh blues and greens is called Lakeside Picnic. It's made with easy 2”x4” strips set into a stacked pattern. The reverse, Cool Bars, is longer strips set together with wide pieces of coordinating fabric. It could be used as a lap quilt, a baby quilt, a table topper or a picnic cloth. 

Black, white and yellow batik 2 1/2” and 1 1/2" strips of varying lengths give this table runner a modern look, so I named it Midnight Lights. It reverses to large offset log cabin blocks, called City Squares.

Stress-free now, I'm ready for whatever comes this month. Enjoy Labor Day!

When life throws you scraps, make a quilt.” – Author Unknown